Saturday, December 23, 2006

Religious leaders want immigration raids halted

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) -- Religious leaders from Omaha and Grand Island called Thursday for a moratorium on immigration raids until the federal government enacts sweeping reform.

Their plea was in response to last week's raids at Swift & Co. meatpacking plants in six states, including Nebraska.

At the Grand Island plant, 261 people were rounded up. At least 15 workers were indicted on charges they used someone else's identification to get jobs at Swift.

The Rt. Rev. Joe Burnett, the bishop of the Episcopal diocese of Nebraska, said the current immigration policy "forces millions of undocumented workers into an underground existence."

He and other church leaders said the United States needs to devise an easier way for workers to enter the country legally and create a process for illegal immigrants to gain residency.


Who the heck are they to say what goes on in our country!